As the coronavirus continues to spread, CMC asks all clients, volunteers, and staff to take reasonable precaution to prevent further spread of the virus. By taking the following proactive steps, we ensure that volunteers, staff, adult learners, women healing from crisis, immigrants, and refugees can stay healthy and continue working together for an inclusive community!
March 23, 2020 update: All volunteers are encouraged to stay home to remain safe and healthy. Clients wishing to meet with staff are asked to call ahead and schedule an appointment. In-kind donations are limited to non-perishable food items and sanitizing supplies until further notice.
March 16, 2020 update: The Catherine McAuley Center Education Program has suspended all classes. Classes will resume Monday, April 13.
Symptoms of COVID-19
May be characterized by mild or severe fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or runny nose. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Guidelines for volunteers, clients and visitors
- If you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness, please do not come to CMC until you are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines like cough suppressants.
- Volunteers and clients who are ill will be sent home.
- CMC advises all who are sick to stay home, avoid public areas, limit contact from others (and pets), and seek medical advice.
- If you have a sick family member at home or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please do not come to CMC until consulting your physician for advice on precautionary measures.
- Those at higher risk for adverse health complications should use their best judgement about staying home until the threat of COVID-19 passes.
- Please contact CMC staff if you are unsure about what to do or if you will not be coming in during your scheduled time.
Recommended Hygiene Practices
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available). Throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a disinfecting spray or wipe.
- Avoid sharing personal household items
- Shaking hands is discouraged and can easily be replaced with a smile (but smiles are also contagious!)
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks are recommended if you are sick and MUST be around others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Additional Preventative Measures at CMC
- A sign will be posted at the CMC entrance asking those who are sick not to enter.
Off-site classes will continue. Staff will equip these locations with sanitation products.
- Treats will no longer be served in the lobby.
- Staff will be disinfecting tables, door knobs, and other surfaces several times daily.
Thank you for helping us keep all clients, volunteers, staff, and visitors at CMC safe and healthy!